Hospitals and medical oxygen factories in Yemen have warned that the production of medical oxygen may grind to a halt, revealing that their production has decreased to 45% as a result of the detention of fuel ships by the US-Saudi-Emirati aggression.
The warning came during a press conference on Sunday by 13 hospitals, held to highlight the effects of the US-Saudi detention of fuel ships on the productivity of medical oxygen in Yemen.
“The Health Office received a letter about a month ago carrying a distress call from the oxygen factories demanding access to fuel,” said Mutahar al-Marwani, Director General of the Health Office in Sana’a, who added that the ministry could do very little to address the problems.
Al-Marwani considered that the UN Security Council, which legalised the siege in UN Resolution 2216, should work on lifting the siege and issuing a binding resolution to enact this and thus save the lives of millions of Yemenis.
For his part, Murad al-Jabri, director of a medical oxygen factory, pointed to the suffering in obtaining fuel at high costs, while the Petroleum Company is unable to meet demand due to the detention of its ships at sea.
“The situation has become dangerous in intensive care, the respiratory unit and in life-saving departments,” the statement confirmed, stressing that the oxygen factories are sounding the alarm, with their production declining from 6,242 cylinders to 3,433 oxygen cylinders.
The statement called on the United Nations, its envoy to Yemen, and international organisations to put pressure on the Saudi-led coalition to allow the entry of fuel ships and lift the blockade.